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The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi

Edited by Robert S. C. Gordon (NHC Fellow, 2005–06)

The Holocaust; Italian Literature; Primo Levi

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007

From the publisher’s description:

Primo Levi (1919–87) was the author of a rich body of work, including memoirs and reflections on Auschwitz, poetry, science fiction, historical fiction and essays. In particular, his lucid and direct accounts of his time at Auschwitz, begun immediately after liberation in 1945 and sustained until weeks before his suicide in 1987, has made him one of the most admired of all Holocaust writer-survivors and one of the best guides we have for the interrogation of that horrific event. But there is also more to Levi than the voice of the witness. He has increasingly come to be recognised as one of the major literary voices of the twentieth century. This Companion brings together leading specialists on Levi and scholars in the fields of Holocaust studies, Italian literature and language, and literature and science, to offer a stimulating introduction to all aspects of the work of this extraordinary writer.

Literary Criticism / The Holocaust / Italian Literature / Primo Levi /

Gordon, Robert S. C. (NHC Fellow, 2005–06), ed. The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi. Cambridge Companions to Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.